tv Headline News RT August 20, 2013 9:00am-9:30am EDT
the british government those allowed to block revelations on mass surveillance is a paper that first published the snowden leaks says it has been forced to destroy its trove of data. and a scandal is continue to unfold around the u.s. national security agency and its surveillance practices we will get how a once low key organization responsible for cold making and cold breaking has become so powerful. turkey's prime minister claims he has evidence that israel was behind the coup in egypt where the resulting chaos has claimed almost a thousand lives and crippled vital industries. and human time out of desperation as tens of thousands of kurdish refugees fleeing
across the rocky border as their homes in syria are targeted by al qaida linked rebels. you're watching r.t. coming to you live from the russian capital i'm marina joshie welcome to the program. now the british government's attempts to stamp the tide of articles on mass surveillance have gone beyond intimidating the journalist behind the publications just a day after glenn greenwald's partner was detained at heathrow airport the guardian's head of her came forward describing how the authorities pressure the newspaper to destroy documents provided by n.s.a. leaker edward snowden well let's now talk to r.t. says our who is in london to say thank you so much for joining us here on r t so how exactly do the guardian staff end up being forced to thrash their hard drives.
all of this was written by the editor of the guardian alan rusbridger it seemed to have happened over a period of a couple of months rusbridger was contacted by what he wrote as officials who claim to represent the views of the prime minister to demand that the information be surrendered or destroyed now he said that over that period they had been meeting consistently with officials as well as the g.c. issue the intelligence agency here in the u.k. and in trying to explain the guardian's position apparently these officials had told him well quote you've had your fun and now we want the stuff back and you had your debate there's no need to write anymore and quote we know that the debate this whole story has stirred centers around the thin line between security and privacy as well as freedom of the press many critics are looking at this as an intimidation or bullying coming from the government now the guardian editor also wrote that he had explained that if the british government continues to block with the guardian
is trying to do here in writing about those the information uncovered by edward snowden they'll simply move the operation outside of the country and he said that it was it here that it took a quote unquote bizarre turn and that is how those two security experts had ended up in the basement of the guardian offices right behind me overseeing the destruction of some of the computers and hard drives in the office now this was published. just a day after david miranda who was the partner of the guardian's maine one of the main writers glenn greenwald who had first written about at the n.s.a. global surveillance he was held at the heathrow airport under a schedule seven of the terrorism act two thousand out this is a law which allows police to detain somebody for up to nine hours and question them but according to miranda had spoken to the b.b.c. and said that he wasn't asked about terrorism he was asked about the activities of guardian journalists where the n.s.a. story is concerned he also talked about what happened during that detention period
. they were threatening me all the time in saying i would be prudent jail if i didn't cooperate they treated me like i was a criminal or someone about to attack the u.k. it was exhausting and frustrating i knew i wasn't doing anything wrong. now what this story does continue there's already been an outcry from politicians and understandably from journalists but also from the independent a reviewer of the terrorist legislation here in the u.k. david anderson he had said that he wants a briefing from the home office as well as scotland yard now the home office for its part have already released a statement about miranda's detention at the airport they said that he possessed a highly sensitive stolen information that would help with terrorism and in fact we have the home office also seemed to challenge the critics to think about condoning the leaking of sensitive documents and also we heard from the editor of the
guardian that the guardian is supporting legal action that david miranda is taking against the home office for his detention i also contacted the g.c. h.q. today and they said they are aware of the story but would not give any comment. as a thanks very much indeed for that and we're also hoping to hear from the guardian columnist jonathan steele later in the program. now washington admits it was notified of britain's plans to detain david miranda but insists the u.k. acted alone lawyer and gone juror says that while that may be strictly true u.s. policy is certainly and speired the move this is clearly violating our concepts of what freedom of the press are i mean we're talking about a journalist a media outlet and journalists who are now also being threatened intimidated and it's the united states just leading that effort it's not the u.k. and it's not of the european nations what i believe is that actually going to
simply put out there to all of its allies look anyone related to everett snowden must be detained if they come into your territory and the u.k. abided by that and did their duty so. when is that sort of intellectual off or behind the detention of david and whether or not they were directly involved they were notified we know that the white house has admitted to that and that notification in itself shows that the u.k. felt they had to tell the u.s. hey look we've got one of the guys you know it was that they were looking for the approval of the united states which i'm sure they got. well so far the n.s.a. leaks and the media attention don't seem to have had any impact on the agency's surveillance practices president obama has promised war over side but not less snooping artist of looks at how the organization became so powerful. inside america's national security agency i was she rolls her overstepped its legal authority the n.s.a. is a big scary surveillance monster that knows everything we do propel to mainstream news
headlines by controversy the n.s.a. is still largely shrouded in mystery and now headquartered in the fort meade army base in maryland trumps even the cia as america's most secretive intelligence agency now the n.s.a. doesn't have spies out in the field instead there are more than thirty five thousand employees who pore over e-mails computer searches phone calls and personal data and while it's by laws state the n.s.a. is only to conduct foreign intelligence the agency has taken a massive turn toward spying at home but the n.s.a. wasn't always so intent on spying on americans it began under a different name in the one nine hundred thirty s. as a secret cryptologic service that broke foreign enemy codes in wartime the attack on pearl harbor pushed america to take intelligence more seriously in world war two the agency's missions including to ciphering communications from both nazi germany and the japanese navy and to encrypt american messages but then came the cold war
three people of the world who were. grading their freedom and with the cold war the formal birth of the n.s.a. in one nine hundred fifty two president truman authorized the creation of the agency to coordinate communications intelligence the spy center was so secret at the time the joke was the initial stood for no such agency decades before the agency was collecting massive amounts of phone and internet records it was collecting telegraph records in an operation that raised similar legal issues and worries about the lack of oversight in fact its existence wasn't even publicly acknowledged by the government until the one nine hundred seventy s. the watergate scandal brought america's domesticity buying to light what. counterintelligence object. was it hard to achieve being in opening the mail what. most of this was. very. american in one nine hundred seventy five then senator frank church had warned that the n.s.a.
spying powers could come to haunt american citizens capability at any time could be turned around on the american people. and no american would have any privacy left such as the capability to monitor everything telephone conversations telegrams it doesn't matter. there would be no place to high in one nine hundred seventy eight the government passed the foreign intelligence surveillance act forced the n.s.a. to get warrants from special courts before it could spy within the u.s. but with the fall of the soviet union the n.s.a.'s mission seemed less urgent but nine eleven which changed everything terrorism became target number one the n.s.a. would get a big budget manumission president bush would go on to sign an order launching the n.s.a.'s domestic spying program and telecom companies were secretly approached by the government and asked to participate in two thousand and six it was revealed that the n.s.a. had been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of americans using data provided by a.t.m. tea horizon and bell south the n.s.a.
had been tapping into people's lives well since then scandal after scandal would keep the n.s.a. in the spotlight what began as a small organization responsible for making and breaking codes what evolve into a super secret multibillion dollar agency with a capacity to pry into every aspect of americans lives and as edward snowden's leaks would eventually show at his person i sleep what it did. r t moscow. now let's go back to a line in a word as our ceiling is following the story for us there in the she's also joined now by though guardian columnist jonathan steele over to you guys. yes i am joined by john of the studio she is an international. contributing to the guardian thank you very much for joining us today i think the first question i'd like to ask is we saw the outcry from the destruction of hard drives at what happened at the offices there understandably from journalists and from politicians do you think that
there's any justification for what the government has done considering that they do think that they're in the right and have the right to do what they did legally they have the right to people of have to take their material but it's not designed for journalists it's meant for people who are terrorism suspects and there's no question that these people are journalists have nothing to do with terrorism and this looks like a vindictive effort by the british government with the help of the american government to try and penalize people who are investigating government activity what about the destruction of the hard drives inside the offices of the guardian well that was agreed with the editor of the threats of call to action but lawyers are now going to the courts to bonding to the government can back all the seized material that the iphone camera and everything else that was taken within the next few days otherwise they will ask a high court judge to issue an injunction demanding the immediate return of those items but also saying that the government has to show cause why the police
suspected that there was anything to do with terrorism and if not agree admit that this was an unlawful arrest. seizure of property ok how far do you think the government to will go you've been a journalist or here for a long time how do you think how far do you think they will go have you seen this kind of action before well they'll probably do on security issues it's the sort of are going to have that they will now say it is a security matter very likely i don't know exactly what they will say that prevents a. giving their reasons why the police had suspicions so they were just feedback on the dog and i imagine i don't know if focusing on the arrest of david miranda at the detention excuse me of david miranda the home office had said that to the police have a duty to protect the public and our national security is that enough reason. to have a duty but i mean actually we now know from these case sharing the spotlight on this circle shuttle service the sixty one thousand people last year alone were detained
under this act and had to stuff either confiscated or in some cases d.n.a. samples were taken from them and only twenty three were arrested surges shows that the government is using this power as an incredibly wide way just sort of almost like a fishing expedition just to just to pick people up on the possible chance there might be something or perhaps they've got other connections like being journalists which the government doesn't large and then in fact there's nothing really no substance to it are new arrests following only a very few cases thank you very much up for analysis there so there you go we are monitoring this story continues to develop and we do get a glimpse from this story on how far it appears that your british government is willing to go in order to get that information to stop the reporting of the n.s.a. and for the surveillance a formation that edward snowden had given to the guardian for a test thanks very much indeed for this update and that was our correspondent as our affiliate following the story in london and she was joined by jonathan steele the guardian columnist well. also has
a twitter account and she follows it all twists and turns surrounding the paper the publish the n.s.a. leaks as she said so all her updates can be found on twitter and her latest post she said great partner is taking legal action against home office a move supported by the guardian. a massive stream of refugees from syria has crossed the border where almost thirty thousand people have been on the run from the war zone since thursday most of them are kurdish women and children who have to leave after their homes were attacked by islamist rebels linked to al qaida spotlessly reports it's another sign that the conflict can be contained within syria. the exodus shows no signs of slowing down and it's straining both very resources as well as those of iraqi relief agencies thousands of syrian kurds are pouring into iraq's autonomous kurdish region now when we talk about the kurds we're talking about the largest minority
group in syria they make up roughly about ten percent of the country's twenty three million they have no state of their own which is why they reside in parts of syria turkey and iraq the main concern that is being expressed by would be fakin seizes that so many of them are now stuck out in the open at the border or at emergency reception areas with little to no access to basic services and maybe half of them are children these kids are not fleeing the clashes between government forces and rebels but they're running away from the spin off of this conflict their escape in the raging battle between kurds and islamised militia for control of large areas of northern syria where these codes live as this kurdish journalist explains well you know you always do i'm always sort of regions where the militia of the islamic state of iraq resides have free security because islamists begin to campaign against the kurds who are refusing to join their ranks ethnically cleansing. the
town of color beyond the scene the ethnic cleansing operations begin on the twentieth of july when militants launched attacks against kurdish villages saying members of the kurdistan workers' party were hiding there al-qaeda linked groups are reportedly aiming to set up an islamicist area on islamist region in this particular area this anti kurdish push is in fact advising syrian rebels and they accuse the kurdish fighters of siding with the regime of syrian president bashar assad but that is an allegation that the kurds tonight they say that they are neutral in this whole conflict that goes well beyond. board is now the kurdistan democratic party representative in europe claims the plight of the syrian kurds plays into the hands of those with an interest in prolonging the conflict. and some international powers especially turkey are taking a stand against the kurds and support attacks from al qaeda. and the islamic state
of iraq and the leavened it also launched thirty illiterate attacks against the kurds to give these groups the upper hand and this comes at a time when we should be moving towards peace negotiations where a solution to the syrian crisis should be discussed as well as the kurdish issue. the rebels have links to foreign states who have their own agendas in syria they want chaos in the area to show that syria is far from stability. i had the relentless floods that put swathes of russia's far east into a state of emergency and will bring you here in our timor life stories from those who decided to stay put the spy dreadful forecasts promising even heavier rains and that's in just a couple of minutes. to
welcome back this is r.t. coming to live from moscow turkey's prime minister claims israel has a hand in the coup that took place in the third of july in cairo. and says. they have evidence of tel aviv's involvement in the always throw of egypt's former president morsi he also accuses the west in trying to grasp control of other countries' democracies are one sided an unnamed jewish intellectual he met in france two years ago who claimed the muslim brotherhood won't be in power even if it wins the election meanwhile the past week's turmoil in egypt has claimed almost a thousand lives both civilian and in law enforcement with the latest attacks and twenty five policemen ambushed and executed the chaos in the country has raised fears that the violence in my breech egypt's borders but former israeli diplomat
you are amassing here says tel aviv will stand by the military government in cairo because it's preferable to an islamist arcee. military regime in arab countries as betty that is that it is bad it's non-democratic it's dictatorial but it's much much much better then a regime which is terrorist inclined the muslim brotherhood has an agenda which transcends egypt it transcends in fact even the muslim world it's a terror organization which has few elements which are always also civilian in nature the military click on the other hand has an agenda limited to egypt and therefore for the sake of regional stability for the sake of the world at large and for the sake of israel i believe it's much better to have a military regime rather than a muslim brotherhood regime in egypt while the unrest playing in ship has taken
a heavy financial toll the u.s. has frozen some of its military aid to cairo and is considering a permanent bloc and the e.u. has also raised doubts over whether i'm going aid in loans should continue but the main damage to the economy has come from the loss of tourism a key source of revenue for egypt are too scared to tell them host of venture capital explains. it's hugely important it makes up twelve percent of egypt's g.d.p. that's equivalent to what u.s. manufacturing contributes to the u.s. economy as well as that one in eight egyptians work in the industry in and around it whether it's in a hotel restaurant or taxes or just this week it's been a bad week because we've had museums and architectural sites being closed down but let's just have a look at demonstration as to how those numbers have declined you'll be able to see that in twenty ten the year before the revolution the industry was booming with a record fourteen million tourists arrive thirty percent of g.d.p. at that point one in seven egyptians what it plummeted q nine and
a half in twenty eleven and is yet to recover a rebound was expected this year but those estimations have now been revised the violence has taken off again so as you can see that it's been a small to assert time these two years absolutely and there's been warnings come out in abundance from all sorts of countries germany austria sweden switzerland even russia now says twenty eleven they've already lost two point five billion dollars if the violence continues to escalate we're looking at three billion by the end of the year that's incredibly substantial when you consider that the egyptian economy is in a fragile state is it isn't because of the violence over the last two years they've had to rely on international aid they managed to accumulate twelve billion from the gulf states but now those loans are lying in the balance because the political situation is obviously different now company is jumping ship to lot of companies beside in the region a lot of oil and gas wells the. general motors as well as shell all that and
they too are issuing warnings to their employees and the real concern the overriding concern is investment into the region because we know egypt is very much reliant on that they have suffered a few downgrades recently as well from credit rating agencies to this we don't want the investors follow in the direction of the rest. fate of emergency has been declared in several regions in russia's far east where floods that are forcing thousands of people out of their homes are expected to be worsened by more heavy rains the government's promising compensation for the damage early estimates costs are already nearing three hundred million dollars are caught in the stricken area where the painful consequences will be a long felt after the water recedes. for many in russia's far east the misery continues homes uninhabitable lives turned upside down around thirty thousand people have seen their property submerged causing
a logistical headache for authorities r.t. traveled with emergency crews as they conducted one patrol in the village of bailey good. this resident dismissing the chance to leave choosing to remain with her fifteen cats i will leave my pads and they don't evacuate cats wait we do take pets i told you we do and i also wanted my books and my records to be rescued no sorry there is just no room for books well there is no point buy new ones once it's over so i'm here to the beat around. the emergency services work isn't restricted to aiding just humans these bears were tricky customers because at least now enjoy dry land after days in this half submerged cage. we feed these bears twice a day in the morning and in the evening we've got father for them at the moment rescue efforts are relentless there's no rest bite but there are fears the situation could deteriorate we expect things to get
a bit worse right now it depends on how much excess water they're going to dump in the hydro power station local emergency crews are getting support not just from other regions and volunteers but also the military the defense ministry says almost five thousand personnel are in the region as well as seven hundred thirty military vehicles such as the. yes which helps them get even the remotest of regions there also bloats planes and helicopters now it's not just evacuations that have been concerning emergency services in recent weeks they've also been reinforcing people's properties and the number of temporary may have also exploring up including this one just outside the city of black investments with tentative reports suggesting water levels in some parts of the region have already peaked the some faint optimism the worst is over once the water recedes the real extent of the damage will be revealed causing new an untold challenges to the hundreds of people affected here. the region. all over in the philippines now thousands
face the same plight the monsoon and a tropical storm have brought massive flooding across the country claiming at least seven lives more than one hundred thirty thousand others have had to leave their homes to rancho rain continues to batter of the capital where flights have been canceled in schools offices and embassies closed the national weather agency has issued its highest alert saying flood levels will rise. now to world news now pakistan's former president peres musharraf has been charged in connection with the two thousand and seven assassination of opposition leader and former prime minister benazir bhutto he denied the accusation when he appeared in court and tight security the sheriff returned from self-imposed exile earlier this year to run for office but ended up under house arrest on a number of charges including bhutto's killing. the operator of the crippled fukushima power plant has admitted that three hundred tons of highly radioactive
water has leaked into sea it's used to cool the reactors and in spite of spilling for one of the huge tanks at the stricken facility radiation in the area is currently thousands of times above safe levels with a storage breach the latest in a series of leaks in recent weeks. well coming up here on our team here the stories of those who have endured harsh and sometimes illegal police interrogations in the united states. you know people in moscow say there are like whole web sites and facebook groups about the childfree lifestyle which i didn't believe until i saw the cover for the aug twelfth copy of time magazine yes childfree is no real thing sadly basically
these are people who have started a cool trend of not having children and using their time and resources completely for themselves you know if you don't want to have kids that is your business and i really couldn't change your mind even if i wanted to but there are people all over the internet who are just swimming in their own self-satisfaction like pigs in slop because they are part of the no kids trend the sickening part about this trend or should i see mentality is that these people glow in the door themselves for being too selfish to give their time and money to a child oh i'm the center of the universe and i'm proud of it. this is an extremely antisocial and destructive mentality to adore yourself for contributing nothing to anyone else nothing to society and nothing to the future but wait let me put it this way if your life is shopping wearing ironic t. shirts starbucks and texting on your i phone about your stupid feelings that maybe is for the greater good the church childfree but that's just my opinion.
the video might be shocking but it's simply a ploy used by us police offices. filming with their own cameras they inform this woman called dalia that house been just being killed they want to gauge her reactions as they suspect she may have hired a hitman to murder a spouse. will try to cut. back. with a camera.